Among the early pioneers of the graffiti movement, women have been writing graffiti ever since the art form began to emerge on the streets of New York City and Philadelphia in the 1970s. But within this male-dominated and often competitive urban scene, the struggle for recognition has been harder for women writers, who are often stereotyped as not having a fear threshold strong enough to work in the harsh conditions necessary to become a well-respected writer. True to the competitive spirit of the game, many women have challenged this stereotype by hitting the streets with as much vigor as their male counterparts, doing some of the riskiest work, and creating pieces that live on in graffiti history.
Graffiti Women: Street Art from Five Continents is the first and only comprehensive survey of the work of women graffiti artists. A follow-up to Nicholas Ganz's enormously successful Graffiti World, this book features the work of 130 of the most prominent women artists from around the world. With more than 1,000 full-color illustrations and an authoritative text, this book places women at the vanguard of this exciting and ever-evolving art form.